Architecture firm Sparch was commissioned by TMB Bank to design Fai-Fah Prachautis, combining two side-by-side shophouses into a building that houses an arts and education program which works with underprivileged Thai youth, using art as a vehicle for self-development and creative thinking. The art and creative education programs span five floors and include an art studio, library, gallery, dance studio, and multi-purpose rooftop garden.
The five levels of the building are linked by a central feature staircase with each level defined by its own colour theme. Utilities and services are housed in a new inverted L-shaped structure, the “Utility Stick”, which is plugged into the rear of the building; it rises from the courtyard and bends to form a garden store at roof level. The existing shop house façade has been transformed by the application of a bespoke lattice screen and Fai-Fah logo, a statement that the building is different from its adjacent neighbours and announcing to the community that Fai-Fah has arrived.
I personally love the way that the signage at night looks like a long exposure photo with the words “Fai-Fah” scrawled in light. The interior is super fun, playful and colorful, and I’m sure the program a huge asset to the community in Bangkok.